I have been thinking of digital solutions to certain problems in the digital marketplace. Initially, i had one for developing a tool that can be used by researchers, students and people who love to read and save excerpt of what they read. I was so excited that i immediately rushed to find a team to work on it. I didnt have good funding so i settled on developers who gave me minimum quote. Now i already paid half the agreed quote but the kind of delivery they have made is waay below my expectations. The quality of UI design is not good and some issues here and there.This is a new idea so that may be one of the reasons for this sluggishness on their side. I am so discouraged that im thinking of abandoning the project because "maybe it wont work the way i thought it in my head". On the other hand i thought i should just pay the developers and take the project as a prototype to illustrate and find new developers (if i take this option its gonna cost me the remainder fee). Im really stuck between a stone and a hard place. Just as i am stuck, i have thought about a new idea (two more potential ideas i can try). I just dont know how to proceed. Its not just funding thats a problem but also the technical advice. What i realised from this first and pending project is that having a team who believes in the same idea is so important because at times i get discouraged with technical issues and i cant talk with anyone except myself. I hope someone out there understands my dilemma.
You should never go with the lowest bidder as your metric for finding developers. Find developers based on reputation, their availability, and experience. Start over with good developers. Wireframe it yourself with balsamiq or similar... Don't use a failed effort as your wireframe. Get whatever customer feedback that you can before you start even building a barebones MVP. Make real customers part of the process from the very beginning ... With luck they might help you fund development themselves and can test and provide feedback during development.
You aren't alone, that is certain.
Thank you David Austin, that is exactly the lesson i have learnt. Its unfortunate that i have learnt it the hard way after investing cash on it. Initially i was not aware even of what wireframes are. So i left it all to them. In my future projects i will make sure i take active part and only go for quality